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Ball State at Central Michigan 2/7/23 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Game: Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals
Date & Time: 2/8/2023, 12:00 AM UTC
Location: McGuirk Arena
Address: Mount Pleasant, MI
Latest Odds: BALL -6 ; O/U 141.5
TV Channel: ESPN+

The Ball State Cardinals visit McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on Tuesday for a Mid-American Conference battle with the Central Michigan Chippewas. Ball State improved to 16-7 overall and 7-3 in MAC play following its 91-90 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday in double overtime. Payton Sparks was the leading scorer for Ball State with 22 points. Ball State is fourth in the MAC but just two games behind first place.

Jarron Coleman is leading Ball State in scoring with an average of 15.3 points per game, while Payton Sparks is the leading rebounder with an average of 8.2 rebounds per game and Demarius Jacobs is the leader in assists with an average of 3.5 assists per game. Ball State is scoring an average of 76.0 points per game, while shooting 47.2% overall and 37.8% from 3-point territory.

Central Michigan looks to snap a two-game losing streak with a victory on Tuesday when hosting Ball State. The Chippewas are 8-15 overall and 3-7 in MAC play following an 84-59 loss to the Toledo Rockets on Saturday. The leading scorer for Central Michigan was Brian Taylor with 20 points. The Chippewas committed 21 turnovers to only eight by Toledo.

Brian Taylor is leading Central Michigan in scoring and rebounding with averages of 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Reggie Bass is the leader in assists with an average of 3.1 assists per game. Jesse Zarzuela is the second leading scorer with an average of 16.3 points per game. Central Michigan is scoring an average of 67.0 points per game, while shooting 41.9% overall and 29.5% from 3-point territory.

Odds Table

Betting Trends

  • Ball State is 3-5 ATS in its last 8
  • The OVER has cashed in 4 of the Cardinals last 5
  • Central Michigan is 4-6 ATS in its last 10
  • The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the Chippewas last 4
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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Ball State Cardinals -6

Ball State has won each of its last three straight up and the Cardinals are 2-1 against the spread over that stretch. Ball State is using a strong offense that averages 76.0 points per game and above average shooting at 47.2% to offset an average defense that is allowing 69.8 points per game. Central Michigan has failed to cover the number in five of its last eight and are allowing an average of 5.2 points more per game, at 72.2 points, than they are scoring at 67.0 points per game. Final Score Prediction, Ball State Cardinals win and cover ATS 80-63.


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